Eighteen Counties Awarded Enhancing Education Through Technology Grants

August 06, 2004

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Technology and Information Systems awarded Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) grants to 18 counties during a luncheon at the Charleston Civic Center. The awards luncheon was part of the West Virginia Statewide Technology Conference.  

The EETT program’s focus is to have a Technology Integration Specialist (TIS) in the school(s) who will provide and/or coordinate appropriate professional development activities for all teachers and administrators in the schools. Each TIS will receive 40 days of professional development so they will be able to effectively assist teachers in their school(s) with technology integration into the curriculum to improve student achievement.  

The goals of this program are to: • Improve student academic achievement through the use of technology in schools; • Assist every student in crossing the digital divide by ensuring that every student is technologically literate by the end of the eighth grade; and • Encourage the effective integration of technology with teacher training and curriculum development to establish successful research-based methods.  

The 18 counties that received the grants for the 2004-2005 school year were: Braxton: $122,292.85 Clay: $150,000 Doddridge: $150,000 Harrison: $129,235.13 Kanawha: $150,000 Lewis: $149,940.53 Marion: $150,000 Mason: $150,000 McDowell: $90,867.30 Monongalia: $149,795.77 Ohio: $150,000 Pocahontas: $142,597.23 Raleigh: $120,194.05 Ritchie: $80,299.93 Tucker: $122,292.86 Upshur: $122,212.17 Wetzel: $145,708.63 Wood: $150,000  

The grant money awarded to each county may be used to help achieve the goals intended by the program, as well as other applicable education goals.  

For more information regarding the EETT grants, please contact John Merritt, Coordinator, Technology Literacy Challenge Fund Grant, at (304) 558-0304.

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